Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump confirmed that two of his adult children will not vote for him in the upcoming Republican primary in New York on April 19th.
Ivanka and Eric Trump have both been active on behalf of their father on the campaign trail since late October. At that time, they had already confirmed they would not vote for their father in the Republican New York primary.
But it wasn’t because they didn’t want to. They learned a hard and costly lesson, which they converted into an educational effort to ensure others did not fall victim to the same mistake.
The two recognizable Trump kids are ineligible to vote in the Republican primary because they failed to convert their voter status to registered Republicans in New York by the deadline of October 9, 2015. Both had been registered officially in New York as independent voters.
New York is especially strict, requiring voters to declare party affiliations over six months in advance of the primary.
Trump said the two adult children had ample time to switch their registration and “feel very guilty” about having missed the deadline.
“They had a long time [to] register and they were, you know, unaware of the rules,” Trump said Monday morning. “And they didn’t register in time. So they feel very, very guilty. They feel very guilty.”
Ivanka and Eric, who both have executive positions in the father’s real estate empire, have used their mishap to teach voters to not make the same mistake.
“Our experience in New York, and inability to change our party affiliation so that we could vote for our father in the NY primary, was the reason that we proactively began making videos last year to educate voters on a state-by-state basis on what is required in order for them to vote in their own state primaries,” they said in a statement.
“Each state differs greatly in terms of the rules and requirements – most allowing you to change your status on or close to the date of voting, if even required.”
Their statement closed: “Eric and I are fully supportive of our father and look forward to casting our vote for him in November.”
Trump holds a commanding lead in New York and won’t greatly miss the two votes. He shrugged off their mistake with a joke saying there would be “no more allowance” for the two of them.